Definition of prude in English:



  • A person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity:

    ‘the sex was so ambiguous and romantic that none but a prude could find it objectionable’
    • ‘He was neither a prude nor a Puritan, but he was scornful of self-indulgence, and though he earned a reputation as the champion of the poor, it was only of the deserving and never of the idle.’
    • ‘Ms Sheppard said: ‘People tend to think of the Victorians as prudes but this dress is quite revealing.’’
    • ‘I am not a prude and I am not shocked by violence or sexuality, but I am disgusted that these directors assume that their own neuroses are traits shared by all humans.’
    • ‘Leland Ryken in his book on the Puritans, Worldly Saints, has shown by extensive quotes that the Puritans were anything but prudes about sex.’
    • ‘Almodovar's films and stories are not for all, as I would assume the sexual content and subject matter would be frowned upon by some, but prudes aside this is a great movie.’
    puritan, prig, killjoy, moral fanatic, moral zealot, moralist, mrs grundy, grundy, old maid, schoolmarm, pietist, victorian, priggish person
    goody-goody, goody two-shoes, holy joe, holy willie, miss prim
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Early 18th century: from French, back-formation from prudefemme, feminine of prud'homme good man and true, from prou worthy.